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Interviewing

When you have an interview set-up, prepare for it just as you would prepare for an exam. Follow the steps below to put your best foot forward to impress the employer and possibly land the job.

Prepare for the interview

  • Make an appointment with your career advisor to discuss the interview process.
  • Research the organization by visiting their websites and social media pages to learn about the company's products and services, audience and customers, and recent news.
  • Develop your 30-second commercial, to answer the question, "tell me about yourself." Visit pages 23-24 of the Career Resource Guide.
  • Identify your answers to commonly asked questions. Flip to page 23 of the Career Resource Guide for sample questions.
  • Have questions ready to ask the employer. Visit page 27 of the Career Resource Guide for questions to ask an employer.
  • Review the ten rules of interviewing and interview tips located on page 22 of the Career Resource Guide.
  • Dress professionally to make a strong first impression. Flip to page 21 of the Career Resource Guide for professional dress tips, and page 19 for a review of professional etiquette.
  • Have a phone or online interview scheduled? Reserve a fully-equipped interview room in the Career Center and prepare for your interview by reviewing tips located on pages 23-26 of the Career Resource Guide.

Practice

After the interview

Always follow-up by sending a thank-you note to each person with whom you interviewed to express your appreciation for their time and input shared. Use email or handwritten notes and send within 24 hours of the interview. Learn more about thank you letters, by flipping to page 11 of the Career Resource Guide.

Inside the mind of the interviewer

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Answering the Salary Question

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 Dress for success

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